The pizza at Santa Monica’s Stella Rossa gets plenty of praise on Chowhound, and now Chef Jeff Mahin has opened a sister location in Hollywood dubbed Stella Barra Pizzeria. As at the original site, Mahin’s red- and white-sauce pies topped with farm-fresh toppings and quality meats hold the spotlight, but his signature starters and salads are worth a look, too. A colorful and lightly dressed spinach and kale salad with radish, pecorino, and dates (pictured) is a great way to begin a meal in lil mikey’s opinion. The porchetta and fennel pizza is equally good, with its bubbly, addictive crust demanding bite after bite; a touch of heat from Calabrian chiles is a nice addition to the flavor mix.
Those seeking a thinner-crust pizza can ask about the day’s selection of Roman-style pies, with crusts that’re paper thin. For dessert, peruse morning buns, chocolate chip cookies with bacon, Rice Krispies treats, and more in the glass pastry case.
“Based on the quality of the first meal [Stella Barra is] a great addition to the neighborhood,” lil mikey reports.
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Photo of spinach and kale salad from Stella Rossa